St. Francis Overview
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School
Respect. Give it. Get it.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School was officially opened in 1968 and was named after the patron saint of animals and the environment.
St. Francis of Assisi School is located in the Galt City Center/South Galt area of Cambridge. The school was opened as a 12 classroom open concept facility including a library and gymnasium. Our unique architectural design provides students with a team teaching experience. Today, almost 50 years later, St. Francis of Assisi School continues its strong partnership with St. Ambrose Parish. Our staff, students and parents/guardians are all committed to working together to make St. Francis of Assisi School a great place to learn. The St. Ambrose Pastoral Team works closely with our staff to prepare our students to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Because we are within walking distance to the church, many of our school masses are celebrated at St. Ambrose Parish.
Presently St. Francis of Assisi School provides instruction to 200 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. There are 24 teaching and support staff providing students with rich and diverse activities. Our school community feels deeply about supporting social justice initiatives. Over the years, we have raised money or collected items for many worthy causes such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Out of the Cold Program, the Terry Fox Foundation, Kids Ability, Christopher Champlain Centre, Free the Children, and relief efforts to assist countries in need, Haiti, Japan and Pakistan.
St. Francis of Assisi School partners with Nutrition for Learning which subsidizes a Nutrition for Learning Bin Program for all of our students. All classrooms, JK/SK to Grade 8, have a Nutrition Bin to which students have the opportunity to have up to 3 healthy snacks daily from the bin.
We have partnerships with Monsignor Doyle Secondary School, St. Louis Adult Learning Centre, and Nipissing University to which we are fortunate to have students complete their practicum hours with us. We also partner with Mad Science that provides the opportunity for students to explore hands on learning in the area of Science and Technology. The Roots of Empathy Program made available to our students is reflective of Empathy, Culture of Caring, Respect and Inclusion. Through this program our students are able to gain insight into the feelings of others and in turn, develop a sense of social responsibility for each other.
Our school council members have always been very active and supportive at St. Francis of Assisi School. They were instrumental in getting many upgrades completed over the years both inside and outside the school. This group petitioned to get a new parking lot installed at the front of the school to assist with student safety, and has raised funds to provide numerous resources to assist students with their learning. They helped offset the cost of Chrome books, Sports Wear, Library Resources, Outdoor Recess Equipment, Scientists in the Classroom, Pottery to Go, Agendas and Bussing for Excursions.
The staff at St. Francis of Assisi School continues with the rich traditions that have been established over the years by providing a wide variety of opportunities for students to enrich their elementary school experience. Some examples include monthly assemblies, which are celebrated to recognize and promote the many great things that students are involved in, intramural and extra-curricular activities, as well as leadership opportunities such as assisting with announcements in the morning, reading at liturgical celebrations, helping with Special Lunch Days and School Events, and demonstrating student voice on Student Council, Elementary School Senate, Me to We Team. The students both past and present have benefitted from the dedicated staff that have and continue to make a difference in student lives through their unwavering energy and school spirit.
June 2018 marks the closing of an incredible school community in its 50th year. We have a lot to celebrate: an amazing community of staff, students and parents/guardians who collaboratively have created everlasting memories, an outstanding legacy. As we amalgamate with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Sept. 2018, we will continue to “have courage, go forward, and make incredible noise” that celebrates student achievement, physical, spiritual and emotional growth.
We celebrate St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School, Home of the Lions, with outstanding pride, 1968-2018.